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    Women's Basketball - DI - Sat, Mar. 17, 2012

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - The CCAC went 2-1 in the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament in 2012 as Saint Xavier won their first round game.  The CCAC sent Olivet Nazarene University and Saint Xavier University to Kentucky for the national tournament.  Below are the recaps from the NAIA for the three games played in the national tournament.

    Saint Xavier Recaps
    Second Round vs. Westmont
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - (Box Score; Coach Interview) Westmont (Calif.) advances to the quarterfinal round for the first time in team history with a 70-56 win over Saint Xavier (Ill.) in second round action at the 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com.

    The Warriors, now 31-3 on the season, moves on to play the winner of Lubbock Christian (Texas)/Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday.

    "Our girls did a really good job of focusing on what we wanted to do," said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. "We took advantage of our strengths inside, especially on the boards. In both halves we struggled turning the ball over, which we will need to clean up moving forward."

    Westmont held Saint Xavier - the nation's sixth-best shooting team at 44.3 percent -- to only 25.8 percent (17-of-66) shooting from the field, including an eight percent (1-for-14) effort from beyond the arc.

    Katie Kittle led Westmont with 19 points, while also adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Aubrey Lincoln, Lisa Peterson and Tugce Canitez teamed up for 13 points each, while Kelsie Simpson had a career-high five blocks.

    As a team, the Warriors ended the game shooting 43.6 percent (24-for-55) from the floor, including a 52.5 percent (12-of-23) effort in the second half. Westmont held a 49-38 advantage in rebounding.

    Saint Xavier kept the score within five until the eight minute mark of the opening period, when eight straight points from Kelsie Sampson pushed the Warrior lead to 30-21 with 4:29 remaining. However, the Cougars answered with six straight points, all coming at the foul line, to make it 32-28 at the half.

    After trading baskets to open the second half, Westmont seized control of the contest with an 11-2 surge to push its advantage out to 50-32 at the 12:19 mark. Saint Xavier would cut the deficit back under nine points just twice more during the contest, as the Westmont perimeter defense and post offense proved too much for the Cougars.

    Marissa Young led Saint Xavier with19 points, including an 8-for-8 effort at the foul line, while Morgan Stuut chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds.

    Saint Xavier ends the season with a 24-9 overall record.
    First Round vs. Campbellsville
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - (Box Score; Coach Interview) Saint Xavier (Ill.) shot 60.7 percent from the field in the second half and 55 percent for the game en route to a 75-57 victory over Campbellsville (Ky.) in the day-two opener of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com. The event is held at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

    Saint Xavier (24-8) extends its win streak to four games and takes on the winner of Lyon (Ark.)/Westmont (Calif.) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. EST.

    "We got off to a quick start and shot the ball extremely well," said Saint Xavier head coach Bob Hallberg. "The first half helped us relax and build-up some momentum, which we carried into and throughout the second half."

    The Cougars raced out to a 21-7 lead in the games first eight minutes, shooting 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers from Michelle Tourtillott and Morgan Stuut. Saint Xavier maintained the double-digit advantage until a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers by Campbellsville's Courtney Clifton cut the lead to eight, 33-25, at the 3:38 mark of the first half. However, a pair of Mackenzie Lee free throws extended the Cougar advantage back to 37-27 at the break.

    Saint Xavier never missed a beat in the second half, extending its lead out to as much as 30 (69-39).

    Chicagoland Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Marissa Young paced the Cougar offense with 16 points, five assists and three steals, while Stuut added 15 points and six rebounds.

    Clifton led Campbellsville with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including five 3-pointers. The Lady Tigers, who were held under 60 points for just the sixth time this season, ended the game shooting 25.3 percent (20-of-79) from the floor. Campbellsville finishes its season with a 20-13 overall record.

    Olivet Nazarene University
    First Round vs. Shorter
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - (Box Score) Shorter (Ga.) held Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) to only 20 percent (10-of-50) shooting in the second half, including a 0-for-20 effort from 3-point range en route to an 84-83 come from behind victory in the first round of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship presented by Kentuckytourism.com.

    With the victory, the Lady Hawks advance to the second round for the first time in four tries and await the winner of Rogers State (Okla.) and Cumberlands (Ky.). The second round matchup is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. EST.

    Robyn Foster headlined a Shorter offense that finished the game shooting 35.6 percent (31-of-87) from the field with a season-high tying 23 points on 7-for-19 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 effort at the foul line, while Brittney Smith posted her team-best sixth double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

    The high-powered Olivet Nazarene offense clicked on all cylinders in the first half, racing out to a 20-8 lead over the first four minutes. The Tigers full-court pressure defense and quick strike offense continued to frustrate the Lady Hawks, as Olivet Nazarene extended its lead out to a game-high 24 (43-19) at the 5:59 mark in the first half. The Tigers would go on to take a 54-41 lead into the break.

    In contrast to the first half, Olivet Nazarene struggled offensively in the second stanza, connecting on only two of its first 15 attempts from the floor. The cold shooting allowed Shorter to claw their way back into the contest, tying the game on an Abbie Daniel 3-pointer with 10:04 remaining. After trading baskets over the next five minutes, the Lady Hawks gained their first lead of the night, 74-72, on a pair of Brittany Smith free throws.

    Shorter would seal the victory with a 4-for-4 effort at the charity stripe over the last minutes of regulation.

    Danielle Tolbert led Olivet Nazarene with 15 points. Denita Phelps added 11 points and tied with Jaimie Buckman with ateam-high eight rebounds. The Tigers, who end the season with a 27-5 overall record, shot only 28.6 percent shooting for the game.